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Each week, we're seeing what's up in the world of electronic and electromechanical components and PCB design. We'll be checking in with leading industry experts, and Würth Elektronik technology specialists and product managers, who are going to shine a light on interesting topics such as energy harvest, wireless power transfer, EMI issues and more. Tune in to get technical design tips and applications during your commute, at your desk, or wherever you might be with the Wurth Elektronik's Wat ...
 
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In this episode, we are talking about the function of power modules. Our purpose is to provide an overview of the MagI3C Power Modules from Wurth Elektronik and compare different power modules against other discrete solutions. We will also discuss power module features and benefits as well as explore applications for power modules. To view slides f…
 
Capacitor datasheets are often misunderstood and it is very possible that you are not getting the expected performance in your application. In this podcast, we will explain what information can be found in data sheets and what may be missing, but desperately needed, to understand the behavior of capacitors in circuits and applications. Click here t…
 
When designing a circuit, one of the main considerations you need to take is the expected lifetime; not only based on the product itself, but also all the individual components included. For optocouplers, the performance degrades over time depending on the operating conditions. In this podcast, we'll give an introduction into how Wurth Elektronik t…
 
Learn the theory on selecting and implementing the right power line filter to reduce conducted emissions. Based on the strategy to separate differential mode and common mode components, we'll explain how to select a filter to pass the tests and demonstrate the effectivements of modal separation by a theoretical approach and live demonstration. Clic…
 
There are many different applications in the market that are initiating high demand for products with higher current capability and the best performance in terms of losses and thermal behavior. In response, Wurth Elektronik has created an ever-expanding portfolio to fill the needs of customers. Today, we will discuss the importance of inductors, as…
 
In this podcast, we'll take a look at the transformers impact on conducted and radiated EMI in an application and what designers should avoid during the design process in order to minimize EMI. We will explain in detail what practical construction techniques we can employ in order to mitigate these potential emissions. We will also discuss good EMC…
 
Short, sweet, and to the point. Learn how the WE-FLEX and WE-FLEX HV series of flexible transformers could work for your isolated DC/DC converters. In this brief podcast, we'll discuss the benefits of each transformer, explain the differences between the two series, and explain how to understand the important parameters in order to select the right…
 
Humidity and temperature have always been critical for many components, and one of the most important are capacitors. Depending on the application, a wide variety of environmental conditions can occur. The location of use also determines the resulting humidity and temperature. An application in subtropical countries has a different demand on the co…
 
WE are doing Throwback Thursday #TBT – For the next few weeks, we’re republishing our most popular podcasts of the last year. Last week, we replayed our Webinar, "Basics of Power Inductors," with our presenter, George Slama, Senior Application and Content Engineer with Wurth Elektronik. Today, we continue our series on power, with the sequel webina…
 
WE are doing Throwback Thursday #TBT – For the next few weeks, we’re republishing our most popular podcasts of the last year. This podcast comes from a WEbinar presented by Würth Elektronik's George Slama, Senior Application and Content Engineer. This first session covers inductors and how to specify and select the correct one. Click here to replay…
 
WE are doing Throwback Thursday #TBT – For the next few weeks, we’re republishing our most popular podcasts of the last year. In last week's broadcast, we began our discussion regarding the design of a USB but from a viewpoint of EMC considerations. We discussed the hardware and components, EMC circuitry, and the use of a USB filter. This week, we …
 
WE are doing Throwback Thursday #TBT – For the next few weeks, we’re republishing our most popular podcasts of the last year. Next up, our very popular episode, "USB Interface from an EMC POV- Part I." Today's discussion centers around the Universal Serial Bus, commonly known as USB. We'll be discussing the interface from an EMC point of view, and …
 
WE are doing Throwback Thursday #TBT – We’re republishing our most popular podcasts of the last year. First up, "Safe, Reliable Designs for Non-Isolated Offline Switchers with 400VDC Rated Power Inductors." Although the majority of AC offline converters and switching converters that run from hazardous voltage, include galvanic isolation for safety,…
 
Common mode chokes are widely used noise suppression components for a variety of applications. For a better understanding, we will explain how to properly read the main datasheet parameters and charts to find the right common mode choke for specific applications. We also demonstrate how to simulate common mode chokes using software, such as LT Spic…
 
MEMS based pressure sensors have gained popularity in recent years for their altimeter functionality. In today's podcast, we'll discuss the altimeter functionality of the absolute pressure sensors from Wurth Elektronik, and the built-in sensor features such as filters, offset calibration, temperature compensation, and more to help customers to impl…
 
Retrofitting industrial equipment with sensors and IP connectivity is a cost-efficient way of gaining the benefits of IIoT, like data collection and real-time monitoring, without fully replacing functioning equipment. In this podcast, based off a recent webinar, we present a IoT retrofit connectivity solutions based on the Calypso WiFi module, with…
 
Measuring current is important to maintain safety control over circuitry. Current sense transformers also give distinct advantages when measuring circuit current. In this interview with Dean Huumala, Senior Manager with the Product Management Group at Würth Elektronik, explains the advantages and uses of current sensors. Click here to view the Curr…
 
Because of fast assembling and small sizes, designers are turning to surfance mount technology on their PCBs. Although there are still through-hole (THT) components that need to be soldered by Wave, Through-Hole Reflow (THR), allows designers to solder the Through-Hole Components together with the surfance mount parts in the Reflow Oven, thus cance…
 
In our last episode, we talked about an adapter stick for the RS-485 Standard that was designed to include a complete filter circuit for selected applications. Today's podcast is part two of understanding the RS-485 Transmission Standard, and how to design the correct PCB, measurement of the S-parameters, and an evaluation. Download the complete Ap…
 
By filtering directly at the interface, interference emissions, electrostatic discharges and fast transients bursts are prevented from entering the system; thus negatively influencing the operating performance. To verify the EMC properties of electrical systems, special tests are carried out in accredited EMC test laboratories, and if these tests a…
 
The most common means of solving electromagnetic noise problems is to shield the system with conductive materials, however, a large number of electronic devices have many parts that operate at high frequencies that can cause complex EMI problems that cannot be removed with conductive shielding. In today's podcast, we discuss ways to avoid these iss…
 
Besides the basic guidelines for applications, designers need to consider mechanical and electrical properties when selecting FPC connectors and FFC cable. This podcast comes from a recent webinar, in which Wurth Elektronik Application Engineer Frank Fraeber discusses the characteristics and differences of each connector and explains how to select …
 
At the Applied Power and Electronics Conference (APEC) in Houston, Texas in 2022, Wurth Elektronik showcased its Hortirack. The Hortirack is a horticulture grow chamber that allows users to grow plants and produce from seedlings; using an array of horticulture LEDs produced by Wurth Elektronik. Today's podcast gives insights into the world of horti…
 
In this podcast, we explore the world of energy harvesting and discuss ways to not only harvest energy, but also use it in electronic applications. This podcast, based on a popular webinar, delves into the bascis first, describing ambient energies available, then moves on to challenges in converting and storing energies. We will finish off by exami…
 
Applications depend on certain or fixed capacity values to achieve a desired performance. However, ambient temperature, structural changes or component tolerances play an important role. Today we will discuss an overview of the most important factors and how these can be reduced by using a different material or external influences. Download the com…
 
Energy-efficient devices are important components for saving resources and protecting the environment. The more efficient the electronics, the longer the battery service life for mobile devices, and in large-scale industrial and server installations with thousands of loads, the energy requirement is clearly reduced. The basis for energy-efficient d…
 
Anymore, passive components that are only AEC-Q200 tested are not enough for the use in automotive application. Many more tests are needed for qualification for a good design and high quality component because without electronics, our vehicles would not operate. In this podcast, we discuss a few little design tips using passive components that are …
 
Even though a switching regulator may produce a constant output voltage at the end of the development phase, often, designers encounter unpleasant effects, such as unwanted oscillations, at the input. So why does the input of the switching regulator tend to oscillate under certain circumstances? In this podcast, we examine "negative" resistance and…
 
While Press-Fit is becoming more widely known in the industry, do the masses of designers really understand the benefits of using the technology? In this interview with Ben Arden, Business Development Manager for the Electromechanics Division at Würth Elektronik's, Ben explains the advantages and uses of REDCUBE Press-Fit components. Click here to …
 
Today, an innovative sensor system contains so much more than just the single sensor cell. The ongoing miniaturization in microelectronics development makes it possible to design Application Specific Integrated Circuits, or ASICs, with remarkable performance and minimal size. In today's podcast, we will show that besides an analogue to digital conv…
 
A whisker is a crystalline structure of material that appears on tin surfaces. This well-known phenomenon was discovered in the early 1950's, and new legislative actions to avoid lead in electronic components has lead to the return of this whisker problem. These whiskers may reduce the isolation resistance and additional problems arise when the whi…
 
EMC ferrites are widely used on many PCBs today. In this podcast, we'll discuss the influence of DC bias and explain the differences between the old measurement type and new extended measurement type. We also discuss the influence of temperature and compare the surface mount ferrite to the surface mount ferrite for high frequency applications, then…
 
Multilayer chip antennas are a preference for engineers, who are restricted by cost, time and space requirements in wireless system designs for handheld devices. In this podcast, we will show how even non-RF engineers can easily incorporate the antenna into new designs without special RF design knownedge. We also focus on how to match chip antenna …
 
Output filters are often used for noise suppression, which may have an influence on the control loop. To prevent output power losses, it may be necessary to compensate the control loop. No matter what switching regulator topology is used, as a result of the parasitic series resistor ESR, and the parasitic inductance ESL, of the output capacitor, th…
 
Switching controllers exhibit a residual ripple in their output voltage, which disturbs electronic devices, and may cause electromagnetic interference. Output filters are often used for interference suppression, which may exert an influence on the control loop. Compensation of the control loop may be required to prevent losses in output power. Down…
 
Chip bead ferrites are the best components for reducing high frequency noise above 10 MHz, but being the first components and the last components in the chain exposes chip bead ferrites to heavy transient currents. In this podcast, we discuss how circuit designers can now select parts that filter noise with minimal impact to power efficiency and wi…
 
Conducted interference occurs in the input circuit, whereby other electrical equipment can be disrupted, so the conducted interferences are first checked at the beginning of an EMC test of power supplies. In today's podcast, based off an Application Note, we discuss the procedure for examining differential mode interference in the input circuit of …
 
In today's podcast, we are diving into the world of infrared lighting; covering everything from data transfer to biometrics. We'll discuss the difference between infrared LED and other LED technology, and when and how to use photodetectors in your design. Click here to watch the WEbinar on Demand or visit Würth Elektronik online at www.we-online.co…
 
The market for Bottom Termination Components (BTCs) is growing rapidly, but these components have brought new challenges in design and assembly processes. The large areas of the solder terminals bring many advantages with them, like dissipating heat of the component. However, if the assembly process is not properly adjusted, then this can cause voi…
 
Advancements in lighting, heating, watering, and control systems have allowed the construction of vast, artificially lit, indoor greenhouses. One of the most significant future advancements in the viability of indoor greenhouses has been the advancement of LED technology. As advancements in their fabrication have progressed, LEDs have become the pr…
 
EMI is a common problem engineers face when designing a new application. How can a developer solve EMC problems on the circuit board or prevent them from occurring? What has to be considered and where does it make sense to use a filter? Which system impedances are there and what are the deciding factors for which filter topology should be used? In …
 
Choosing the appropriate components is vital for the efficiency of DC/DC switching regulators with relatively high input and output currents. A high-efficiency switching regulator is market-ready if it, and the end product, comply with all necessary EMC standards; meaning more filters must be included at the input and output to reduce interference.…
 
Recently, the need for disinfection technologies has skyrocketed. One of these technologies is disinfection using UV-C LEDs. Disinfection with UV-C LEDs can help reduce the spread of viruses such as the Corona virus as well as other germs. In this podcast episode, based on an application note and a WEbinar, the working mechanism behind disinfection…
 
This Application Note outlines the components needed to protect USB 3.1 devices and attenuate EMI that may cause the device to fail EMC testing. This will be demonstrated in USB Type-C dongle to characterize the effectiveness of the components. For information and components suitable for USB 2.0, please refer to the following Application Notes avai…
 
Modular jacks (MJ) connectors and cables are broadly used to bring Ethernet signal up to 10 Gb/s depending on the category of the product. It is also possible to deliver power through it with PoE. In this episode, we will study if recommendations for the WE-MJ connectors can be extended up to Type 4 and demonstrate the capabilities of modular jacks…
 
The trend to miniaturize wireless communication devices has led to decreased PCB sizes and increased component densities. Although this shift to miniaturized technology has aided many areas of electronic design, it constrains RF front-end design. Multilayer chip antennas are an interesting choice for engineers, who are restricted by cost and space …
 
Magnetic Field Interferences are increasing in electronic devices due to a number of factors including reduced separation distances of PCB’s, Integrated Circuits and many other sensitive components. Magnetically coupled communication technologies leads to more complex layout and proximity considerations. With Ferrite materials it is possible to man…
 
Rated current values found on datasheets serve as a guide for the selection of power inductors. However, the temperature rise in power inductors can be influenced by many factors that are not always reported in datasheets by all manufacturers giving a false sense of what the rated current values actually represent. In this podcast, we discuss how t…
 
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